Three ATP tournaments kick off this week in Acapulco, Dubai, and Sao Paulo. Only one WTA tournament, in Acapulco, which Stuck will touch on at the end of this piece. Let’s try to identify value in the futures market, as we try to hit our fifth consecutive tourney winner to start 2018.
- Acapulco: Sam Querrey (d.) Rafa Nadal
- Dubai: Andy Murray (d.) Fernando Verdasco (playing Acapulco)
- Sao Paulo: Pablo Cuevas (d.) Albert Ramos
The Dubai draw is surprisingly weak this year with Grigor Dimitrov, Lucas Pouille, Roberto Bautista Agut, and Damir Džumhur as the top-four seeds. Last year’s finalists (Andy Murray and Fernando Verdasco) are missing in action. I didn’t see much value in any of the posted outright odds for this tournament that kicked off overnight.
There is a pretty decent-looking clay tournament in Sao Paulo. The top four seeds are Albert Ramos Viñolas, Fabio Fognini, Pablo Cuevas, and Gaël Monfils. However, I don’t have much of a read here for an outright winner from a very competitive field in Brazil.
However, I do like an outright in Acapulco, which I will break down in detail below. The first men’s and women’s match of each respective tournament in Acapulco starts at 5 p.m. ET on Monday evening.